The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 14 June 2006:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question regarding the population in each ward (a) in and (b) adjacent to Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in (i) Surrey, (ii) the Thames Basin and (iii) the UK in the last period for which figures are available. I am replying in her absence (76637).
I am placing tables in the House of Commons Library, which provide the information you have requested The most recent population estimates for England and Wales wards are for mid-2002. These ward population estimates have been published with the status of “experimental statistics”. Therefore these estimates should be treated with some care. The latest ward population figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are from the 2001 Census.
Tables 1 to 3 include the wards which are covered, wholly or partly by SPAs for Surrey, the Thames Basin and the UK respectively. Tables 4 to 6 include the wards which are adjacent to the wards covered, wholly or partly by these SPAs for Surrey, the Thames Basin and the UK respectively, for all tables, the local authorities covered by these wards have been included.
Please note that in Scotland, many of the SPAs cover uninhabited islands which do not have a ward assigned to them, and therefore no ward information is included. In addition, a number of SPAs are on islands/or in lochs and so have no direct populations. The adjacent ward populations for these SPAs have been included in the data.